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									       The Minutes of the Official Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
County of Union, State of New Jersey on October 21, 2008 at 8:10 p.m. in Council Chambers.

THIS MEETING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE “OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT” AS ADEQUATE
NOTICE OF THIS MEETING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY MAILING THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF
MEETINGS TO THE CRANFORD CHRONICLE, UNION COUNTY LOCAL SOURCE, AND THE STAR
LEDGER, BY POSTING SUCH ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE ON A BULLETIN BOARD IN THE TOWN
HALL RESERVED FOR SUCH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE FILING OF SAID NOTICE WITH THE
TOWNSHIP CLERK OF CRANFORD. FORMAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING.

Present:        Mayor Robert I. Puhak
                Deputy Mayor David W. Robinson
                Commissioner Martha Garcia
                Commissioner Michael A. Plick
                Commissioner Mark C. Smith
Absent:         None

There were seventy (70) members of the public present. Leslie Murray represented the Cranford
Chronicle.

INVOCATION AND FLAG SALUTE
The invocation was led by Deputy Mayor Robinson, followed by the flag salute led by Cadet Girl Scout
Troop No. 511.

PAYMENT OF BILLS
On motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the bills were
approved for payment by recorded vote. Said bills, totaling $777,712.08 are on file in the Office of the
Township Clerk.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

MINUTE APPROVAL
On motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the Workshop
Meeting of September 22, 2008, was approved by the indicated vote of the Township Committee:
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

MAYORAL ANNOUNCEMENT

United Way of Cranford Week
WHEREAS, the Cranford Community Council of the United Way supports twenty-three participating
agencies providing assistance to Cranford residents and the surrounding area annually; and
WHEREAS, these agencies assist all age groups in areas such as emergency aid, meals to housebound
residents, rent, utility and food assistance, substance abuse, child and spousal abuse, physical handicaps,
prevention programs for children, support services for caregivers, mental health services, recreational
scholarships, youth programs, legal aid, and many services to aging citizens with special consideration
given to those who are housebound; and
WHEREAS, the Cranford Community Council of the United Way is dependent upon a group of
Cranford resident volunteers to fulfill its commitments.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert I. Puhak, Mayor of the Township of Cranford, proclaim the week of
October 19 through October 25, 2008 as UNITED WAY OF CRANFORD WEEK in tribute to their
accomplishments, and urge all residents of Cranford to support the Cranford Community Council of the
United Way in their efforts.

PRESENTATION
Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund - Freeholder Kowalski,
Freeholder Sullivan and Victoria Durbin Drake, Administrator

POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Smith and passed, the following
resolution was adopted by roll call vote:
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Resolution No. 2008-292:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held October
21, 2008 that Detective Edward R. Davenport be, and hereby is, advanced to the rank of Sergeant in the
Cranford Police Department, effective October 22, 2008.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: Deputy Mayor Robinson
Abstained: None
Absent: None

FIVE-MINUTE RECESS

INFORMAL MEETING
Mayor Puhak opened the informal meeting portion of the meeting and asked if there were any questions
or comments. Hearing no comments, Mayor Puhak closed the informal meeting portion of the meeting.

ORDINANCES – Final Reading and Public Hearing

Ordinance No. 2008-35:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-35 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND
ARTICLE III (SPECIAL SERVICES OF POLICE DEPARTMENT; FEES) IN CHAPTER 42 (POLICE
DEPARTMENT) OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD TO ESTABLISH A FEE FOR
AUTHORIZED USE OF POLICE VEHICLES.”
Said ordinance having been advertised and posted in accordance with law, Commissioner Plick opened
the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Commissioner Plick closed the public hearing. On motion of
Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, said ordinance was adopted by
the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

ORDINANCES – Introduction

Ordinance No. 2008-36:
REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA

Ordinance No. 2008-37:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-37 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
ARTICLE V, SECTION 219-73 OF CHAPTER 219 "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP
OF CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY (1988)," BY AMENDING SCHEDULE XXIII AND INCLUDING
CERTAIN PORTIONS OF ROADWAYS AS INDICATED IN SECTION 1 BELOW AND
DESIGNATING SAME AS “PARKING METER ZONES”.
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by
Commissioner Smith, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008

Ordinance No. 2008-38:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-38 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 219-67 OF CHAPTER 219 "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE
TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY (1988)," BY AMENDING SCHEDULE XVII AND
INCLUDING CERTAIN PORTIONS OF ROADWAYS AS INDICATED IN SECTION 1 BELOW
AND DESIGNATING SAME AS “TIME LIMIT PARKING.”
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by
Commissioner Smith, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008
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Ordinance No. 2008-39:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-39 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 219-74 OF CHAPTER 219 "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE
TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY (1988)," BY AMENDING SCHEDULE XXIV AND
INCLUDING CERTAIN PORTIONS OF ROADWAYS AS INDICATED IN SECTION 1 BELOW
AND DESIGNATING SAME AS “PREFERENTIAL PARKING ZONES.”
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by
Commissioner Smith, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008

Ordinance No. 2008-40:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-40 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE
APPROPRIATING $233,825 AVAILABLE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE
OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES (COPS), FOR VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS
IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD, IN THE COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY.”
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by
Commissioner Plick, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008

Ordinance No. 2008-41:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-41 entitled, “ AN ORDINANCE TO
AMEND ARTICLE VI OF CHAPTER 136 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD AS
RESPECTS STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by Deputy
Mayor Robinson, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008

Ordinance No. 2008-42:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-42 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
SECTION 136-30 OF CHAPTER 136 "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF
CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY (1988)," AS RESPECTS LOT COVERAGE IN RESIDENTIAL
DISTRICTS”.
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by Deputy
Mayor Robinson, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008

Ordinance No. 2008-43:
The Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-43 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
SECTION 136-1 OF CHAPTER 136 "REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF
CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY (1988)," AS RESPECTS THE DEFINITION OF “RETAIL SERVICES”.
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by
Commissioner Plick, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for November 25, 2008
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RESOLUTIONS – By Consent Agenda

On motion of Commissioner Garcia, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the following
resolutions were adopted by consent agenda:

Resolution No. 2008-293:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held October 21,
2008 that Rachel Venckus be and hereby is appointed as Communications Officer within the Cranford Police
Department effective October 22, 2008.

Resolution No. 2008-294:
WHEREAS, the bid threshold of the Township of Cranford (the “Township”) is $29,000.00, and said
threshold enables the Township’s Qualified Purchasing Agent to solicit quotations to purchase goods and
services; and
WHEREAS, an award of a contract between $17,500.00 and $29,000.00 must be approved by a
resolution of the governing body since it is a non-fair and open contract pursuant to the provisions of
N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5; and;
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and Qualified Purchasing Agent have determined and certified in
writing that the value of the goods or services may exceed $17,500.00; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Public Works has obtained three (3) quotations to provide and install a
surveillance system that includes all indoor and outdoor closed circuit cameras, a video recorder, a central
power supply system, wires, cables, connectors, fasteners, etc., equipment programming and employee
training at the Roundhouse, 364 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, in its June 30, 2008 proposal (Proposal No. 4809) Advanced Video Surveillance, Inc., 66
Clinton Road, Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 quotation is the lowest for the surveillance system as stated
herein which totals $21,808.60; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance Director have certified as to the availability of
funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk; and
WHEREAS, Advanced Video Surveillance System, Inc., has completed and submitted a Business
Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that Advanced Video Surveillance System, Inc., has not
made any reportable contributions to a political or candidate committee in the Township of Cranford in
the previous one year and that the contract will prohibit Advanced Video Surveillance System, Inc.,
from making any reportable contributions through the term of the contract, and
WHEREAS, Advanced Video Surveillance, Inc. has completed and submitted a Business Entity
Contribution Disclosure Certification which certifies that Advanced Video Surveillance, Inc., has not
made any reportable contributions during the past twelve (12) month period, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:44A-
1 et seq. and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey as follows:
         1. Approves an award of a contract in the total amount of $21,808.60 to Advanced Video
              Surveillance, Inc., 66 Clinton Avenue, Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 for providing and
              installing a surveillance system that includes all indoor and outdoor closed circuit cameras, a
              video recorder, a central power supply system, wires, cables, connectors, fasteners, etc.,
              equipment programming and employee training for the Department of Public Works,
              Roundhouse, 364 North Avenue, East, Cranford, New Jersey; and
         2. The Mayor and the Township Clerk be and hereby are authorized to execute a contract with
              Advanced Video Surveillance Inc.; and
         3. The Business Disclosure Entity Certification, Business Entity Contribution Disclosure
              Certification, and the Determination of Value be placed on file with this resolution; and
         4. A copy of this resolution shall be published as required by law within twenty (20) days of its
              adoption.

Resolution No. 2008-295:
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford advertised for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Provision
of Legal and Other Professional Services through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A.
19:44A-20.4 et seq; and
WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford has deemed that the background,
experience and qualifications of the respondent herein satisfy the criteria set forth in the RFQ;
(Resolution 2008-118 approved by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at meeting
held February 12, 2008); and
WHEREAS, there exists a need to engage an expert to provide legal services in connection with the
Cranford Crossing Redevelopment Project; and
WHEREAS, on June 24, 2008 the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford approved
Resolution No. 2008-202 to increase by $25,000.00 the amount of the contract awarded to McManimon
& Scotland LLC and;
WHEREAS, legal expenses to defend the Township of Cranford in connection with the Cranford
Crossing Redevelopment continue to be incurred; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Finance have certified to the availability of
funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk
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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey, as follows:
       1.       McManimon & Scotland, LLC, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Fourth Floor, Newark, New
                Jersey 07102-5408 be and hereby is awarded an increase in its contract to provide legal
                services in connection with the Cranford Crossing Redevelopment Project at a fee not to
                exceed $50,000.00 and;
       2.       The Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute a contract
                with McManimon & Scotland and;
       3.       This contract is awarded pursuant to the “fair and open” process (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et
                seq.).

Resolution No. 2008-296:
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2007, the Township of Committee of the Township of Cranford approved
Resolution No. 2007-154 that awarded a contract to Maraziti Falcon Healey, L.L.P., Attorneys at Law,
150 John F. Kennedy Parkway, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078, to serve as Redevelopment Counsel
for the Riverfront Redevelopment Project; and
WHEREAS, on June 12, 2007, the governing body approved Resolution No. 2007-228 amending the
contract for legal services pertaining to redevelopment in connection with Riverfront Redevelopment
project;
WHEREAS, said amendment on June 12, 2007 increased the total amount of the contract to $17,500.00;
and
WHEREAS, there are outstanding legal invoices from Maraziti Falcon Healey, L.L.P., Attorney at
Law for legal services provided during negotiations for the development of a mixed-use project for the
Riverfront Redevelopment area based on lengthy discussions between the Township of Cranford and The
S. Hekemian Group, LLC; and
WHEREAS, the Township of Cranford has an outstanding balance due of $5,411.29 and the S.
Hekemian Group, LLC has an outstanding balance due of $18,657.57; and
WHEREAS, payment of the later amount is from escrow funds; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Finance have certified to the availability of
funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey, hereby:
         1. Amends the contract with Maraziti, Falcone Healey, 150 John F. Kennnedy Parkway,
             Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 and authorizes full payment of said amounts in satisfaction of
             all outstanding invoices by the Township of Cranford.
         2. Approves the amendment of the contract by issuance of two purchase orders.
         3. Amends the contract pursuant to the “fair and open” process (N.J.S.A. 19: 44A-20.5 et seq.)

Resolution No. 2008-297:
WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law N.J.S.A. 40A: 11-1 et seq. requires any contract for goods
and services that in the aggregate are anticipated to exceed the Township of Cranford’s bid threshold of
$29,000.00 must be publicly advertised for bids and award of contracts must be approved by resolution of
the governing body; and
WHEREAS, in February 2008 the Department of Public Works (DPW) issued a purchase order to S.
Rotondi & Sons, Inc., (Contractor) to dispose of grass, brush, logs, and mixed vegetative waste at the
Cranford Conservation Center since said debris must be taken to a licensed, state approved facility; and
WHEREAS, the DPW proceeded to allow the Contractor to provide the aforementioned services at the
Cranford Conservation Center; and
WHEREAS, it has been determined by the Township Administrator/Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA)
that the Contractor has been paid a grand total of $40,378.25; and
WHEREAS, the Finance Director and Chief Financial Office included a sufficient appropriation in the
2008 operating budget to pay the Contractor; and
WHEREAS, said contract was not publicly advertised for the receipt of bids, the Township Committee of
the Township of Cranford was unable to award a bid and the total cost of the contract is in excess of the
bid threshold; and
WHEREAS, formal action by the governing body is being requested by the Township
Administrator/QPA;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford as
follows:
                 1. Approves the ratification of the contract between the Township of Cranford and S.
                      Rotundi and Sons, Inc. P.O. Box 1407, Summit, New Jersey 07092 in the amount
                      of $40,378.25.
                 2. Terminates the said contract effective immediately and authorizes appropriate staff to
                      prepare bid specifications for public advertisement for eventual award of a contract.

Resolution No. 2008-298:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, that the Township Clerk,
be and hereby is authorized to advertise for bids for the disposal of grass, logs and mixed vegetative
waste.
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Resolution No. 2008-299:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, at a meeting held
October 21, 2008 that the Township Clerk be, and hereby is, authorized to advertise for bids for
concession rights for Centennial Avenue and Orange Avenue Pools.

Resolution No. 2008-300:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford on the 21st day of
October, 2008 that the Tax Collector be and hereby is authorized to expunge the following 2008 real
estate taxes for reasons noted and to refund overpayments if warranted:

                Overpayments/Refunds

Block 122 lot 15                        $ 2,579.97
Stickles, Michael & Cathleen
39 Harvard Rd.

Block188 lot 12                         $6,156.85
Camara, Paola & Garcia, Jorge
215 Miln St.

Resolution No. 2008-301:
WHEREAS, an application has been filed by Milen Roussenov, 73 Winans Avenue, Cranford, New
Jersey, for a limousine/livery service vehicle license; and
WHEREAS, the submitted vehicle license application form is complete in all respects, the fees have been
paid, and a favorable recommendation has been provided by the Chief of Police; and
WHEREAS, the applicant has complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et seq. with respect to
proof of insurance and delivery of power of attorney; and
WHEREAS, Milen Roussenov has also filed an application for a limousine/livery driver's license
required by § 212-8 of the Code of Township of Cranford; and
WHEREAS, no additional applications for a limousine/livery driver's license have been filed, which
indicates that Milen Roussennov will be the sole driver of said vehicle for the purpose of providing
limousine/livery services; and
WHEREAS, the submitted driver’s license application form is complete in all respects, the fees have
been paid, and a favorable recommendation has been provided by the Chief of Police; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to § 212-4B of the Code of the Township of Cranford, The Township Clerk may
not issue any new vehicle license until the application has been approved by the Township Committee.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
does hereby approve, effective October 21, 2008, the issuance of a limousine/livery service vehicle
license for Milen Roussenov for a license term ending December 31, 2008.

Resolution No. 2008-302:
WHEREAS, Richard A. Marsden, Jr., PE, PP, PLS, Township Engineer of the Township of Cranford has
reviewed and approved the plans, drawings and specifications for the Safe Routes to Schools-2008
Program Construction Project.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
approves the plans, drawings and specifications for the above-mentioned project.

Resolution No. 2008-303:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford, that the Township Clerk
be and hereby is authorized to advertise for bids for the Safe Routes to Schools-2008 Program
Construction Project.

Resolution No. 2008-304:
WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford desires to competitively contract for
the operation, management and/or administration of certain recreation and program offerings presently
provided by the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department at the Cranford Community Center; and
WHEREAS, in lieu of public bidding, the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-4.1 et seq.
provides for use of competitive contracting of the aforementioned services.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
be and hereby does authorize competitive contracting for the operation, management and/or
administration of certain recreation and program offerings presently provided by the Cranford Recreation
and Parks Department at the Cranford Community Center; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk is authorized to advertise for proposals for said
services.

Resolution No. 2008-305:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford that the resignation of
Edie Merkel as a member of the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and Tree Advisory Board be and
hereby is accepted with regrets.
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Resolution No. 2008-306:
BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford at a meeting held October
21, 2008 that John De Cotiis be and hereby is appointed to the Cranford Housing Board, Inc. to fill an
unexpired term ending December 31, 2008.

Resolution No. 2008-307:
Moved to ROLL CALL VOTE (see below)

Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

RESOLUTIONS – By Roll Call Vote
On motion of Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Plick and passed, the following
resolution was adopted by roll call vote:

Resolution No. 2008-307:
WHEREAS, Gregory A. Sgroi, P.E., served as Township Engineer from 1973 to 1984; and
WHEREAS, during his tenure as Township Engineer, four (4) flood control projects were completed
throughout Cranford, removing the related ravages of chronic flooding whose damage, destruction, and
upheaval were endured by numerous Cranford residents and affected all Township residents’ property
with the “flood town” image Cranford had acquired during serious flooding of the late 1960’s and mid
1970’s; and
WHEREAS, for many years Mr. Sgroi has served as the advisor to Cranford’s Flood Advisory
Committee; and
WHEREAS, on August 8, 1997, Mr. Sgroi was invited to attend a flood action meeting attended by
approximately one hundred (100) angry residents who had been flooded during the July 25 th storm, while
the river contained the largest flow ever (5,150 C.F.S.) without over topping the dikes, but the
floodwaters along Riverside Drive and vicinity ran as deep as three feet; and
WHEREAS, at that meeting, Mr. Sgroi said, “We cannot put off the concept of a pumping station any
longer, we must build a pumping station”, and with that the Township Administrator directed the
Township Engineer to prepare a “Scope of Services” to solicit an engineering firm; and
WHEREAS, during April 2002, Mr. Sgroi, as the advisor to the Flood Advisory Committee, prepared a
resolution urging the Township Committee to fund the flood control program; and
WHEREAS, on numerous occasions and by letter-to-the-editor, Mr. Sgroi urged the Township
Committee to move more aggressively on this very important flood control program for the good of the
repeatedly victimized residents and the rest of the Cranford community.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
extends its appreciation for Mr. Sgroi’s decades of dedicated service of professional work and exemplary
volunteerism; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Cranford’s Northeast Quadrant Flood Control Pumping Station,
located at Riverside Drive on the east side of the Rahway River, be named “The Gregory A. Sgroi
Pumping Station” in honor of Mr. Sgroi’s long term contributions and beneficial impact on flood control
efforts in that area and throughout the Township of Cranford.

The following members of the Township Committee commented on Resolution No. 2008-307 as follows:

Mayor Puhak
   Announced that a dedication ceremony to name the Cranford Northeast Quadrant Flood Control
       Pumping Station located at Riverside Drive on the east side of the Rahway River “The Gregory
       A. Sgroi Pumping Station” would be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM.

Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Mayor Puhak opened the public comments portion of the meeting and asked if there were any questions
or comments.

Gregory Sgroi, 109 County Park Drive, discussed the dedication of Cranford’s Northeast Quadrant Flood
Control Pumping Station in his honor. Stated that he is overwhelmed by the tribute. Feels the pump house
is a milestone in the flood control program. Discussed flooding events that occurred in Cranford due to
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the inadequacies of portable pumps. Thanked the Township Committee for the dedication of the pump
house.

Stephen M. Eisdorfer, COAH Attorney for Hill Wallack LLP, seeking a response from the Township
Committee with respect to the proposal that was submitted by the S. Hekemian Group for the rezoning of
Birchwood Avenue. Stated that he would like to incorporate the proposal into the current planning
process within the appropriate timeframe if the Township Committee is in agreement.

Mayor Puhak responded, stating that various Township professionals have been requested to provide
input with respect to the proposal and the Township Committee is currently awaiting a response to that
request.

Township Attorney Woodward feels the proposal is complex and the Township Committee needs
additional time to consider all that is being proposed.

Mr. Eisdorfer asked when a response by the Township Committee could be expected.

Mayor Puhak feels the Township Committee may have the information needed to provide a response by
the November 10, 2008 Workshop Meeting.

Mr. Eisdorfer asked if the Township Committee would act favorably if the input from professionals is
favorable.

Township Attorney Woodward feels it is premature for the Township Committee to respond to Mr.
Eisdorfer’s question at this time, stating that a reasonable opportunity to craft an appropriate response to
the proposal is needed.

Mayor Puhak assured Mr. Eisdorfer that the Township Committee is seriously considering the proposal,
and while he understands that the S. Hekemian Group is eager for a response, the Township Committee
must follow due diligence in order to respond appropriately.

Township Attorney Woodward informed Mr. Eisdorfer that the Township Committee may request
additional information from the S. Hekemian Group with respect to the proposal.

Mr. Eisdorfer assured the Township Committee that the S. Hekemian Group is eager to work with
Cranford. Feels this is an interactive process and modifications would be made if necessary.

Rita LaBrutto, 104 Arlington Road, responded to comments made by Township Committee candidate
Daniel Achenbach during a previous Township Committee meeting. Stated that Mr. Aschenbach was not
present for the COAH discussion that was held during the Workshop Meeting on October 13, 2008. Also
discussed Mr. Aschenbach’s comments with respect to the housing element and concerns with the cost of
pursuing substantive certification. Stated that the estimated cost for a housing plan required for
substantive certification is $15,000 and does not feel this cost is significant to the Township. Discussed an
Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request she submitted to obtain documents related to the new COAH
regulations. Stated that the documents indicate that previous Township Committees had the opportunity
to pursue substantive certification, but declined to do so.

Gordon Smith, 6 Poplar Place, discussed the S. Hekemian Group’s proposal. Seeking clarification as to
the next step in the process once all professional input is provided to the Township Committee.

Township Attorney Woodward explained that the Municipal Land Use Law requires that any amendment
to the zoning ordinance be reviewed, at a minimum, by the Planning Board, and discussed the process
involved.

Hearing no further comments, Mayor Puhak closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

PROFESSIONAL COMMENTS

Township Clerk Rowley
Reminded residents that Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2008 and that polling places would be
open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Encouraged everyone to vote.

COMMISSIONER REPORTS/COMMENTS

Commissioner Mark C. Smith
   Congratulated Detective Edward Davenport on his promotion to sergeant. Feels he is a
      tremendously qualified individual and the Cranford Police Department is very fortunate;
   Discussed the change of scope request in connection with the Cranford Athletic Turf (CAT)
      fund. Thanked Union County for granting the change of scope request and for allowing the
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        Township to utilize these funds for the installation of artificial turf at Memorial Field. Also
        commended Deputy Mayor Robinson for his efforts with this initiative;
       Reminded residents that leaf collection begins next week and discussed the schedule and
        requirements for pickup.
       Discussed the High Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge. Provided a complete chronology from the
        day the footbridge was damaged in April of 2007 to present. Discussed reasons for the delay in
        the project’s completion. Informed residents that, by law, the contractor was required to
        complete the bridge by October 17, 2008. The Township is currently pursuing legal action
        against the contractor because the deadline has passed and the bridge is not completed. Assured
        residents that safety issues are the main concern of the Township Committee;
       Informed residents that the Post Office Plaza Project is near completion and the flagpole
        restoration is currently on schedule for the November 8, 2008 dedication ceremony;
       Discussed the reconstruction of the Walnut Avenue Underpass, stating that the project has
        generated positive feedback. Feels public safety issues have been addressed with this project,
        and once lighting is installed the project will be complete;
       Discussed the Orchard Brook project. Informed residents that requests for DEP permits have
        been submitted;
       Discussed lighting upgrades in the Municipal Building to improve lighting efficiency and reduce
        utility costs;
       Discussed window replacements within the Municipal Building, stating that approximately ten
        (10) new windows have been installed for energy efficiency;
       Announced that the dedication of the Gregory A. Sgroi Pumping Station will take place on
        Saturday, October 25, 2008. Invited everyone to attend;
       Discussed the Stormwater Management Ordinance and dam repairs that have taken place in
        connection with the ordinance;
       Discussed the efforts of the 2008 Township Committee. Feels a tremendous amount of projects
        have been accomplished;
       Discussed the budget process and the Township Committee’s review of individual line items.
        Feels this is a practice the Township Committee will continue in the future;
       Discussed the implementation of zoning and use changes for the Cranford Business Park and
        changes to this area in conjunction with the Master Plan process;
       Discussed 324/326 North Avenue East (Mosquito Control Property) and the suggestion to sell
        the property and use the proceeds to fund costs in connection with the Rahway Valley Sewerage
        Authority. Mentioned that he attended a seminar regarding Brownfield remediation. Questioned
        why a land swap was made with respect to this property;
       Discussed a comment made during the Township Committee Candidates Forum with respect to
        the cell tower application. Explained that one of the candidates had stated that the Township
        Committee should have stopped the application. Read a quote from the New Jersey Zoning and
        Land Use Administration and explained that the Township Committee is prohibited from
        interfering with applications submitted to the Planning and Zoning Boards;
       Discussed the process involved with obtaining substantive certification from the Council on
        Affordable Housing (COAH);
       Discussed the fact that Election Day is approaching. Urged residents to review their sample
        ballots. Discussed an issue during the 2007 election with respect to a change in polling places.
        Stated that voting is a responsibility and a privilege and encouraged everyone to vote on Election
        Day.

Commissioner Michael A. Plick
   Congratulated Detective Edward Davenport on his promotion to Sergeant within the Cranford
      Police Department;
   Congratulated Gregory Sgroi on the dedication of Cranford’s Northeast Quadrant Flood Control
      Pumping Station in his honor. Feels the dedication is well deserved and thanked Mr. Sgroi for all
      his years of service to the Township;
   Congratulated DMC Director Prunty for the success of the Scarecrow Stroll Contest, stating that
      there was an overwhelming response from the community. Congratulated the winners of the
      contest. Discussed the increase in foot traffic downtown as a result of the event;
   Announced that the Jaycees Halloween Parade would be held on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at
      2:00 PM and discussed additional Halloween events planned that day. Encouraged everyone to
      attend;
   Urged all residents to vote on Election Day. Feels it is important for voters to educate themselves
      on issues at both national and local levels.

Commissioner Martha Garcia
   Congratulated Detective Davenport on his promotion to Sergeant;
   Congratulated Gregory Sgroi on the dedication of Cranford’s Northeast Quadrant Flood Control
      Pumping Station in his honor and thanked him for all of his efforts;
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        Discussed the Second Annual Music Fest held by the Centennial Village Committee.
         Congratulated and thanked the committee’s members for their efforts, stating that she is looking
         forward to the event next year. Discussed the banners being displayed on the light posts and
         encouraged residents to visit the area;
        Announced that the Jersey Central Arts Studio would be holding a cooking class “The Art of
         Cooking with Chef Ron Spazyani” at the Cranford Community Center on Wednesday,
         November 12, 2008 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Provided contact information for those
         interested;
        Announced that the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department would be sponsoring a free trip
         to the Woodbridge Township Avenel Skateboard Park on Saturday, November 15, 2008.
         Mentioned that seating on the bus would be limited and provided contact information;
        Announced that the Cranford Chamber of Commerce would be holding its annual Pride in
         Cranford Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the Galloping Hill Inn. Provided
         contact information;
        Announced that the Veteran’s Flagpole rededication and the Victorian fountain dedication would
         be held on Saturday, November 8, 2008. Urged all residents to attend. Mentioned that
         fundraising efforts have reached $30,000 and encouraged everyone to visit the Flagpole website
         located on Cranford.com. Discussed the latest fundraising effort, which is the sale of limited
         addition commemorative prints of Post Office Plaza by local artist Linda Sowas;
        Urged everyone to vote on Election Day.

Deputy Mayor David W. Robinson
    Congratulated Detective Davenport on his promotion to Sergeant within the Cranford Police
       Department;
    Congratulated Gregory Sgroi on the dedication of Cranford’s Northeast Quadrant Flood Control
       Pumping Station in his honor and thanked him for dedicating many decades of service to the
       community;
    Discussed the municipal budget and misinformation that has been circulated. Explained that
       while the last two (2) budget cycles sustained large tax increases, budget presentations were held
       and public updates were provided periodically. Further explained that in both 2007 and 2008, the
       total municipal budget increase was less than State mandated increases because of efforts of the
       Township Committee to unanimously adopt a municipal budget that reduced municipal
       spending. Feels the tax levy increase both years could have been far greater if the Township
       Committee did not reduce discretionary municipal spending. Assured residents that the
       Township Committee dedicated a tremendous amount of time to the budget in an attempt to limit
       the budget impact to property owners;
    Discussed the rezoning of the Cranford Business Park and the establishment of the Cranford
       Business Park Advisory Committee. Explained that he was appointed to this committee in 2006,
       and while it was formed several years ago, it only convened for the first time in January 2006.
       Since that time, a recommendation was made to rezone the Cranford Business Park as part of the
       Master Plan process;
    Discussed the Post Office Plaza project, stating that it was a project that languished for years.
       However, the current Township Committee took action and saw the project to completion;
    Discussed the introduction of Ordinance No. 2008-41 which authorizes an amendment to the
       Township’s Stormwater Management ordinance. Explained that amendments to the ordinance
       were long overdue and should have been adopted years ago. Furthermore, the Township
       Engineer informed the Township Committee that Cranford was on the verge of being fined
       because the ordinance is State mandated. Assured residents that the current Township
       Committee is committed to taking action;
    Discussed the change of scope request in connection with the Cranford Athletic Turf (CAT)
       Fund, stating that funds previously appropriated through the Union County Open Space,
       Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund will be rededicated to this particular effort. The
       goal of this committee is to install artificial turf at Memorial Field at no additional cost to
       taxpayers. Feels the benefit of this action will be an increase in usage of the field. Recognized all
       volunteers representing this initiative. Explained that approximately $200,000 has been
       appropriated out of the $800,000 that is needed to fund this project, and donations from various
       organizations will be put toward the $600,000 that is needed. Also announced that the CAT Fund
       has received tax-exempt status from the IRS. The committee is hoping to advertise for Request
       for Proposals by the end of the year, with the goal of completing the project in the fall of 2009.
       Also discussed plans for a presentation of this project on TV35. Announced that the next CAT
       Fund meeting would be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 7:30 PM at Lincoln Avenue
       School;
    Encouraged everyone to vote on Election Day;
    Announced that on Thursday, October 23, 2008 a candidates debate would be held and wished
       all four (4) Township Committee candidates the best of luck.
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Mayor Robert I. Puhak
   Discussed the approach of Election Day. Discussed the fact that he and Commissioner Plick
       would not be seeking reelection. Assured residents that they are both committed to working hard
       and strong until the end of their term and feels honored to have worked with this Township
       Committee. Discussed goals that were established and achieved by the current Township
       Committee;
   Thanked all volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts to Cranford, stating that he is
       proud to reside in a town where there is a great sense of community. Thanked Commissioner
       Garcia for her involvement with numerous fundraising efforts. Also thanked the Police
       Department for their efforts with respect to the COPS Grant, and all public officials that work
       with Cranford;
   Congratulated the Chamber of Commerce on its 47th Annual Pride in Cranford Awards Dinner;
   Discussed financial issues facing the Township Committee. Feels it is important in these difficult
       financial times for the Township Committee to work hard to cut costs. Explained that goals were
       set in the beginning of the year to finish projects that were left to languish, and appreciates all
       efforts that were made to see them to completion. Explained that Cranford is currently
       experiencing the impact of past spending, and does not feel the Township can continue to rely on
       taxpayers. Stated that he is proud of the work the 2008 Township Committee has accomplished
       in obtaining grant funds. Explained that the increase in State mandated expenses has attributed to
       the increase in property taxes. Discussed the importance for future Commissioners to reduce
       municipal spending and become active in obtaining grants and funding to help alleviate tax
       increases. Also discussed the cost associated with preparation of the Fair Share Housing Plan
       and feels the cost associated with the effort was reasonable;
   Announced that a Walk for Autism would be held on Sunday, October 26, 2008 in Nomahegan
       Park. Urged residents to support the cause, stating that New Jersey has the highest incident of
       autism in the nation;
   Congratulated Detective Davenport on his promotion to Sergeant within the Cranford Police
       Department;
   Congratulated Gregory Sgroi on the dedication of Cranford’s Northeast Quadrant Flood Control
       Pumping Station in his honor. Stated that Mr. Sgroi is extremely knowledgeable of flood control
       matters. Feels it is important for the Township Committee to be educated on the issue of flood
       control because it is necessary to deal with higher levels of government to obtain funding for this
       problem. Assured residents the Township Committee will continue to press the issue;
   Provided an update regarding the Fair Share Housing Plan. Discussed the construction of senior
       housing in Cranford before COAH mandates were implemented. Discussed the delay with the
       implementation of the Fair Share Housing Plan, explaining that it is a result of COAH’s
       continuously changing regulations. Informed residents that a draft copy of the Fair Share
       Housing Plan was presented to the Township Committee at its Workshop Meeting and is
       scheduled for review by the Planning Board on Wednesday, November 5, 2008;
   Discussed the Riverfront Redevelopment Project. Feels the Township Committee needs to
       ensure that there is accurate information available to the public at all times. Discussed
       misleading statements that were made and published in connection with this project. Asked the
       public to refer to records when statements are made. Discussed various ways the project was
       publicized, stating that numerous public meetings were held regarding the Riverfront
       Redevelopment Project along with one (1) public forum. Also mentioned that the developer’s
       presentation was made available on the Internet for weeks and announcements were made on
       TV35. Feels the Township Committee has made the information as transparent to the public as
       possible. Also assured residents that the Township has made a commitment to high-end design
       and high-end architecture. Discussed the need to reschedule the public forum, explaining that the
       developer needs additional time to complete the abundance of changes that are needed as a result
       of the last Riverfront Subcommittee meeting. As such, the Township Committee agreed to
       reschedule the public forum to Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM in
       Council Chambers. Encouraged the public to attend. Informed residents that parking issues
       would be discussed at that meeting. Also discussed the Township’s desire to work with Union
       County with respect to park improvements for the Riverfront area. Stated that he attended a
       presentation recently on park designs and discussed plans to meet with Commissioner Garcia
       and an expert on Homestead Parks in New Jersey within the next few weeks.

On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the Township
Committee adjourned at 10:10 PM.

                                                                 Respectfully submitted,


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                                                                 Tara Rowley, RMC
Date: October 21, 2008                                           Township Clerk

								
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